It’s happened again: the urge to press pause on my normal everyday life and travel somewhere new has crept up on me. That wanderlust feeling I had before disappeared while I was trying to get my life back on track this time last year – and now it’s back bigger than ever! I know this not just because I’ve already booked two solo trips for myself, but also with the types of places I want to go changing. No more beach holidays for me, it’s city breaks all the way!
I’ve been scrolling through Instagram and my favourite travel blogs for some inspiration and wow there are some beautiful cities in Europe. Not that I doubted it but I do think I’ve underestimated places that are only an hour or two plane journey away from me.
Sadly I won’t be able to go everywhere because of responsibilities and money (how inconvenient) so here are 5 cities I’m hoping to explore this year. I’m allowed to dream right?
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I’ve contemplated visiting Amsterdam a couple of times and I want 2018 to be the year I make it happen! Funnily enough, I’m off to Rotterdam in May for the Traverse 18 conference which hopefully means I can catch the train to Amsterdam while I’m there. Everyone I’ve spoken to who’s been there has raved about their food, canal cruises and museums. It honestly sounds too good to resist and the thought of doing a double city trip makes me feel like a travel pro!
Now if I would have said to myself a year ago that I would want to go to Poland someday I would have been pretty surprised. Mostly because I couldn’t even name their capital city back then, let alone want to go anywhere else there. It wasn’t till I saw Kirsty Leanne‘s trip back in January that I realised I had to go. Her gorgeous photos of Market Square reminded me of Nyhavn in Copenhagen and the food there are things I’ve never seen before! She’s not joking when she says it’s an Instagram worthy place to visit either.
This city is a little closer to home in more ways than just distance. My Dad’s side of the family are from Ireland which you would have thought meant I had been there plenty of times before. I’ve actually one been there once and that was nearly 10 years ago! Maybe I’ll pop over one weekend and squeeze in a trip to Dublin while I’m there. I’ve heard it’s a great place for shopping and eating out! Hmm, there seems to be a bit of a theme going on here..
Last year I spent my 23rd birthday at work. I was okay with it as I hadn’t long started the job and it was surprisingly the first time I had ever worked on my birthday. This year, however, I want to take Alex and I somewhere different and romantic hence where Rome comes into it! His birthday is only a couple of weeks before mine so this could make a great joint birthday treat for the both of us. It’s not booked yet but fingers crossed we’ll be drinking wine, eating gelato sometime during the Summer whilst looking at the beautiful architecture Rome has to offer!
The one trip that has been booked is my first solo getaway of the year to Edinburgh at the end of this month! So far I have Edinburgh Castle, The Writer’s Museum and a few Harry Potter themed hotspots on my itinerary and my excitement for this is building up every day! I’ve even managed to sort out brunch with Fiona on my last day – just some of the perks of having blogger friends across the country!
Okay, so my travel list for 2018 is perhaps a little overambitious but I’m determined to tick off most of these by the end of the year. If you have any recommendations for any of these places of things to do then let me know in the comments! Otherwise, I hope you found me waffling on about my desperate need to travel at least a little amusing.